Texas A&M swimmers Cammile Adams and Sarah Henry have accepted invitations from USA Swimming to compete in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool against the European All-Stars Dec. 20-21 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The U.S. team will be comprised of the swimmers who posted the top qualifying time in each Olympic event at the 2013 FINA World Championships, 2013 World University Games or 2013 U.S. Open.
Adams, a senior from Cypress, Texas, is a two-time USA Champion in the 200-meter butterfly and she reached the Championship final in the 200 fly at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 FINA World Championships. Adams is also one of Team USA’s top entries in the 400 IM. Adams is the defending NCAA Champion in the 200 fly.
“I’m really excited to represent not only Texas A&M, but also America, at the Duel in the Pool this year,” Adams said. “It’s such great competition and racing at this time during the college season is always a lot of fun. It’s always an honor to represent my country, and I’m very excited to go with my freshman-year roommate, Sarah Henry. She is a large part of my success, and I can’t wait to share this experience with her.”
Henry, a junior from Garner, N.C., shined at both the World University Games and the U.S. Open last summer. She was the high-point scorer at the U.S. Open after placing in the top five in five races and medaling in the 200- and 800-meter freestyle and the 400 IM. At the World University Games, she earned a gold medal with the 800 free relay and a silver medal in the 200 IM.
"I am very excited to go to Scotland," Henry told Swimming World Magazine. "It has always been one of the top places I have wanted to visit and I actually have heritage from the country. I have always heard about Duel in the Pool, and I think of it as a great opportunity to gain international experience and also to compete. I am honored to be on Team USA along with my fellow teammate Cammile Adams."
Swimmers can compete in a maximum of six events (individual and relays), and each team may enter up to four swimmers per individual event and one relay. A running score will be kept combining the points earned by both women and men to determine the winning team.
The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool is a made-for-television event, designed to showcase the sport’s most exciting swimmers in a short-course meters format. This year’s event will be the sixth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in the history of USA Swimming, with past Duels held in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The U.S. is undefeated and holds a 5-0 record in the history of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool.
The two-day, short-course meters meet will be contested at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Day one of the meet is slated for 1 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 21, followed by the conclusion of the meet at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 21. Footage from the meet will be televised by NBC as part of a two-hour show on Sunday, Dec. 22. The show will air from 3-5 p.m. CT.